“Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” John 4:35
Faith always sees a harvest ready for picking! The natural man sees a four-month waiting period. That’s why many Christians seem to be in a holding pattern, waiting for God to give them a sign before they’ll share the Gospel with a co-worker or a neighbor. If the devil can side-line Christians by convincing them to wait for a sign from God before they share the Gospel, then he has successfully immobilized them. Faith, on the other hand, simply does what the Word says to do – Preach the Word, do the work of an evangelist, let your light so shine before men, and walk in love. It takes faith to do those things. Faith that knows the Holy Spirit will confirm the Word with signs following! That’s one of the reasons why faith pleases God, because it gets things done! Waiting for a sign to extend an invitation to someone to come to church doesn’t get anything done! After all, even the devil doesn’t worry about what you believe as long as you’ll stay quiet about it!
Signs Follow the Word
When we share the Gospel, God has promised that His Word would come alive! The Holy Spirit is waiting for the Word to be spoken so He can impart the necessary gifts that will help people know that He is involved with their life, that He knows them and loves them, that they’re not alone in a fierce world. When we speak the Word, signs come. The signs don’t come first. The signs follow the preaching of the Word! Mark 16:20 says, “And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.” Following what? Following the Preaching of the Word! The signs follow! When we open our mouth and share the Gospel – the HOLY SPIRIT WILL BRING THE SIGNS!
The Harvest is Here
It’s time to be about our Father’s business and mount the combines and go out and reap the harvest. People who are hurting and lost, sick and dying, giving up on life, those who have no hope, who are broke, defeated, depressed and angry, need to hear the Words of Life! They have been in the devil’s hands too long. They are the harvest Jesus is expecting and He has anointed us to go out and bring them the Hope of the Ages, the One who can turn it all around here, and give them an eternal hope worth living for as well! The Harvest is Here!